The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry


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Since I’ve been overbooked, I asked a friend of mine, Joe Fausnight, to read and review this book for me. Here’s his take:

Captain Greene was an American Pilot from Indiana who was flying missions over Germany in 1943 when he was shot down.  As his plane fell he cried out to God.  He landed in a woods between to giant oak trees destroying his plane but leaving him and the cabin of the plane intact.

He was picked up by the Nazis and a civilian car was following the truck he was in.  Taken to a secret underground lab he was number 7 guinea pig for a Nazi science project for long life and quick wound repair.

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Author Rick Barry

After they had gassed and worked on the men the place was bombed by the Allies. The scientist who had come up with the project was killed as well as number 1 through 6 men.  He survived as did the assistant scientist and he was kept in a cage for many years after the war was over as they experimented on him and tried to duplicate his success.  He looked and acted like a 30 year old even as decades passed.  He knew nothing of the outside world except what he was told that the war was still going on decades later.

They gave him lots of books to read to pass his time and after reading many classics he asked for a Bible.  He got a lot of comfort from it over the years.  He exercised daily as well as taking flying trips in his mind including all the safety checks so he didn’t forget how to fly.

Did he ever get free?  Did he ever find anyone who cared about him other than as a lab rat?  Did he ever discover the changes in the world since his capture?  You will find out and enjoy this book when you read it.  A very good read and worth the time to read.

I give this books five stars.

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron: 4.5/5 stars


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If you enjoy WWII fiction, you’ll want to read Cambron’s book, The Butterfly and the Violin. This love story is about an art gallery owner’s search for a haunting painting found at Auschwitz-Birkenau.


I normally don’t like to read about the Holocaust because it’s too painful for me. I internalize much of the pain and it takes me days to shake loose from the horrors I read about. But this was about a violinist, and as a violinist myself, I wanted to see what it was about. The beautiful cover of this book, I admit, also influenced me to choose it as a book to review for BookLook.

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The author seamlessly ties the story of the violinist’s experiences of Auschwitz with the modern telling of the art gallery owner, Sera. In each story line there is a compelling romance. Adele and Vladimir are in love in the 1940s and both end up in concentration camps after they’re caught helping a Jewish family escape Austria. In modern times, Sera falls in love with Michael who is searching for the same haunting painting of Adele that she is.


The intertwining of art and music was what I enjoyed most about this book (besides the romance). I did find a couple of glitches in the story (which is why I gave it a 4.5 instead of a 5). However, they are extremely minor and those who aren’t violinists won’t even know they are there.


Me and my school violin, age 10 or 11

This book is definitely worth the read and would be a safe first book for someone who doesn’t know much about the holocaust. It’s not terribly graphic yet paints a clear picture of what women in concentration camps suffered. But it’s still a lovely escape into the past and into the world of art and music. I highly recommend this compelling book.


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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg — 5 out of 5 stars


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I’m a long, long, long-time Fannie Flagg, author fan. One of my all-time favorite movies is Fried Green Tomatoes.

Fannie Flagg wrote that.

I love books that explore the lives of women. That’s one of the reasons I wrote my novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. I yearn for good girlfriend relationships, but I think they’re really difficult. I think women’s lives are complex as they wrestle with their identity and who they are besides mom and wife.


This book is just as funny and fresh as I expected it to be. It’s set in the south, and I  adore southern fiction. (Another reason why I set my novel partly in the south and why my current work in progress is set on the Mississippi.)

The main character in this book, Sookie Simmons Poole, has a difficult relationship with her overbearing mother, Lenore. After her children are grown and she’s caring for her aging mother who lives a few houses down, Sookie gets a letter that makes her question everything she knows about herself. The letter introduces us to the Jurdabralinskis of Wisconsin, whose girls were WASPS and flew bombers in WWII! (I never knew women flew bombers in WWII but they did! Stateside, but still!)


Not only is the book full of hilarious moments, hearing Flagg read it on the audio version is a treat in itself. I hope it wins a Grammy.

I didn’t want the story to end. And when you don’t want a book to end, it’s a jolly good read.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing I didn’t particularly like is the title. I don’t think it captures the full nature of the book. But maybe they named it this for marketing reasons. I think Sookie’s Journey or The Incredible Journey of Fritzie and Sookie or some such moniker as those would have been a better fit.

I hope they make this book into a movie. It’d be swell.


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